My name is Kirill, and I am an Aliholic.
: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something
I have been buying goods from The first item I bought was the Assassin's Creed hoodie on Feb. 9 2014 for about $12 USD with free shipping. It was not the perfect size or the material; but there is no way I would have been able to get this same item for $12 in Canada, so I decided to give AliExpress another try. I have ordered a 10 sheet sticker set for $8.99 to stickerbomb the plastic on my motorcycle, which were exactly what I wanted, and for much less than at a local store ($7 per 1 sheet). I used 7 sheets, sold the other 3 for $10; and the things started rolling.
Within a year and a half, I have almost stopped buying items from stores locally (except food and things that I need urgently). I figured that since most items I buy are made in China, I may as well skip the middlemen. I decided I'd order stuff from the suppliers directly; and, never mind the wait, I would get myself a much better deal than I would ever be able to find locally.
That being sad, there are certain items that I would not buy, or would be very cautious about buying from AliExpress. Motorcycle helmets, for example; hard drives or any other major computer parts or peripherals (video cards, Bitcoin miners, etc). They may be good, or bad, I would rather not take the risk. But I have bought $150+ jackets and pants from brands and suppliers that I have learned to trust.
Less than a week ago I have started a subreddit – /r/BestAliExpressFinds, and with minimal promotion it had already grown to 91 followers. This had given me enough confidence to finally start this blog, the idea for which I had since about 6 months ago.
I will be posting geeky items, and also everyday use items with attractive prices, which you are very unlikely to see in stores; along with our reviews of the products that we already bought – be they good or bad.
I do not sell anything – I extensively search the website, post links to the products I like with a referral code, and get a referral commission should you decide to buy the product. This does not result in a higher price for the buyer, and the commission is paid to me by AliExpress.
Please feel free to add a comment, ask a question, and share a link to this project with anyone you feel may find it amusing or interesting.
Thank you for reading this. I will do my best to not let you down.